Tag:San Diego
Posted on: November 15, 2008 4:56 pm

San Diego facing a "tough task"

I've been playing phone tag with San Diego coach Bill Grier the past 24 hours. But in a voicemail this afternoon he acknowledged he's got a "tough task" trying to win at UNLV without four key players, three of whom are suspended.

It's a shame, really.

San Diego is coming off a great season in which it beat UConn in the NCAA tournament, and the perfect way to keep the momentum going would be with a season-opening victory at UNLV. To be clear, it could still happen. But it won't be simple given that neither Gyno Pomare, De'Jon Jackson, Trumaine Johnson nor Clinton Houston will be in uniform.

Combined, those four guys averaged 28.5 points last season.

San Diego is better with them.

But the Toreros won't have them this afternoon, and for that Grier should be credited. I mean, how many coaches would suspend three key players for the opener, particularly an opener that could be huge on Selection Sunday? I'm not sure. But trust me when I tell you there are men who would've tried to figure out a way to "handle this internally." So Grier levying a relevant punishment is to be admired, although I'm confident UNLV's Wink Adams won't spend the game feeling sorry for him.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 11, 2008 1:12 am

Make that three from the WCC

The West Coast Conference will be a three-bid league.

Crazy as it sounds, it's true.

That's the byproduct of San Diego's 69-62 win over Gonzaga in Monday night's WCC tournament title game, a victory that gave the Toreros the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament while pushing the Zags into at-large bid territory. And make no mistake, the Zags will get one of the 34 at-large bids. It's not even debatable. And because Saint Mary's' credentials are also at-large worthy -- a 24-6 record consisting of seven Top 100 victories and just one loss to an opponent that won' t make the NCAA tournament should be plenty good enough -- the nation's 14th-rated league will have three representatives in the NCAA tournament barring some major lack of reasoning.

To which I say, good for the nation's 14th-rated league.

College athletics at this level are designed to minimize the so-called little guys as much as possible via a lack off television contracts and invitations to marquee neutral site events, etc. That's why it's hard being a San Diego. Or a South Alabama. Or a Western Kentucky. Or a Saint Mary's. So if this happens to be a year when an unusual amount of non-BCS schools make the NCAA tournament based on a fluky turn of events on a wild Monday night, count me among those who has no problem with it, among those who kind of enjoyed watching the San Diego students storm the court and celebrate an achievement many high-major programs would rather them never achieve.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: San Diego
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